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Exactly today a year ago I posted my first My Little Pony fanart. Through the overwhelming response I got, I decided to draw more and became the artist I'm today. So much has changed in that short year for me. Not only has my style changed completely, but I also feel way more comfortable drawing. And I'm in general a way happier person, though that's not only because of this incredibly awesome community, but you all certainly had a big part in it.

So, as today is my "MLP fanart anniversary", I decided to redraw this piece that started it all. I tried to stay as close to the original as possible, but I just had to give Dashie AJs hat.

Funnily enough, the new one was done in a way shorter time than the first one. I really improved a lot. I hope today in a year the improvement will be even more distinct.

Thanks again to all of you who like my art, y'all are awesome!

This fandom is great.
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:iconpandaisqued:
PandaisQued Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Friendship really is magic ey'
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DerpyFan123 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
wait.. i just realised that earth ponies cant walk on clouds! applejack would fall through!
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:iconpandaisqued:
PandaisQued Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Yes, but she's on RD
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:iconglitterypikajackxl:
GlitteryPikajackXl Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's sitting on rd x3
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:iconfeline-for-life:
Feline-for-life Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
*blushes* oh my~
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:iconmistermetalmask:
MisterMetalMask Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
dat hat change 
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:iconpassionatepretzels:
PassionatePretzels Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*Sudden wing boner*
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:iconappledash4eves:
AppleDash4eves Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Dat Wingboner
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:iconrilencavy:
rilencavy Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Student General Artist
my FEELS
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:iconrilencavy:
rilencavy Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Student General Artist
ooh
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BigSushiCat Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awhh nice <3
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:icongracieluve:
Gracieluve Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
i like number 2 better!
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:iconashleydash2001:
AshleyDash2001 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Before
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RainbowPuffyUnicorn Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Friendship.... sure ;)

I like both. The first one is more like the real MLP style, but the second one is softer and so adorable...
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mlpfav Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
after!!!!
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:iconpolygrammar:
Polygrammar Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is exactly what I learned in art class years ago. Draw something 100 times and you will literally see how much youve improved from one to the next.
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TrioBadge Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm not a fan of MLP but i have to say that i love how you used your own style instead of the MLP style for the improvement, i think that would've been improvement enough but i love the way you colored this as well and added the lighting and shadows too ^-^

You did a really good job on the improvements ^-^
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:iconratofdrawn:
RatofDrawn Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, thank you so very much! I'm also glad that I was able to find my own style! :)
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RedWizzrobe Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Cool Story Bro. Draw it Again.
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:iconkiyoshiii:
Kiyoshiii Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really good! Big improvement on shadows, anatomy and expression. I'm proud of you ;3
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Buchi04 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Haha....good idea dude...but when i redraw something, it will still look like crap xD
But i dont mind....everyone got other talents.... :/

^^

And sure, i like your second version better ;)
Its more.....hmmm...difficult to say....it looks more "smooth"


"Thanks again to all of you who like my art, y'all are awesome!
This fandom is great."

WE have to thank YOU, for those awesome drawings!
But i agree, this Fandom really is great!
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UmbrellaUnicorn Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess you wont have a cutie mark for drawing then...
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:iconbuchi04:
Buchi04 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
:D

Nope, i would have an telescope.......or Appledash ^^
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UmbrellaUnicorn Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Appledash...is this like...Rainbow Dash paired with AppleJack? ;n;
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:iconbuchi04:
Buchi04 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Exactly :popcorn:
Thats the reason why i like ratofdrawns deviant and tumblr account so much ;)
I know a lot of people cant understand the "shipping-stuff", but there are SO MUCH cute fanfics =)
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UmbrellaUnicorn Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Meh, I don't really understand it too be fair :XD:
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:iconbuchi04:
Buchi04 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Well, i think im just a hopeless romantic :P
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Morrigan1235 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ur not alon APPLEDASH FOREVER!
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ArcCahlon Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is pretty dang good I hope i can make such improvements myself. also that dashes hat if AJ wants it its going to cost a kiss lol
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CloudRunnerTeeny Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student Writer
you amaze me. your art is just too awesome, more people need to see your stuff
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:iconratofdrawn:
RatofDrawn Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, thank you so much for that compliment!
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CloudRunnerTeeny Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student Writer
^^ really, i think alittle more time and your popularity will be sky high.
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John-Doe-51 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Well now this is brilliant.
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jetpackclam Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I prefer Dashie's hair, eyes, and mouth in the original, but her hoof size is a lot better in the new piece, and while I think the wings are a tad too large in the new version, the anatomy makes much more sense than the first. I also think Applejack looks a lot better/ a lot more sultry in the new one, so that's a plus. :3

One thing I think would make the new noticeably better; make the eyes a teensy bit larger. They're fine as it is, but widening them a tad would make them more than fine.

Happy poniversary, Watty! :heart:
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Babileilei Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't even know what to say. I have trouble concentrating on the first one because the second one draws my attention so much. Great job, as always ;)
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codepony Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I remember this one, I thought it was nice before, but the new one is amazing, your shading has improved a lot! I loved how you did the hat :)
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:iconratofdrawn:
RatofDrawn Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, thank you so much! That means a lot to me.
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Kwiczenko Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Beautiful. Just beautiful.
But in my humble opinion, I prefer the first one - it much more similiar to the canon version of drawing.
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:iconratofdrawn:
RatofDrawn Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!

And that's okay, it took me almost a year to realize that I'm happy with my own style, especially because I LOVE the cartoon-style and adore all the artists that draw in it. I often wondered what were if I had chosen the same route. Sometimes I even felt a little bit of regret, that I've went my own way and that I didn't stay close to the style of the show.

So I can certainly see why people like the show-style more.
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Kwiczenko Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
I hope you didn't get me wrong.
I simply worship your own style, especially the way in which you are drawing eyes.
But the canon style is for me hmmmmm "natural"? Or something like this. Not sure.

Anyway, I'm looking forward for more your Appledash!
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:iconratofdrawn:
RatofDrawn Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I completely know what you mean! Thank you for liking my style though! :)
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stoephu Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
just awesome^^
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:iconmisterz100:
misterz100 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
I love them both..and I don't just mean the ponies :D
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ZhaneRX Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
!Fantastico!
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Sir-Tristan Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Oh wow, hadn't even noticed the hat switch until you pointed it out. Maybe I'm just oddly used to seeing AJ's hat on Dash. It just works on her.

But yeah, that's a lot of improvement between the two pictures. You've gotten really good at this.
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Poison-Trail Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Add shading, instant improvement! :D

Seriously, though, it's obvious your art improved. :nod:
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thealex132 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Looks so nice, I love the shading on everything <3
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el-yeguero Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like your style.
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PepperoniPepeto Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
The old style doesn't look bad either but the new style is just...wow!
The shadows just bring in out so much more details.
Awesome work now and before!
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Tchernobyl Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
I adore this :D And I don't mean just the ship! ;)
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